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5 unusual Yorkshire holiday ideas for adventurous families

When it comes to family adventure, Yorkshire has it all. With underground caves, a warren of labyrinths, aerial adventure and more – it’s a ‘brilliant natural playground’ for both children and adults just waiting to be discovered.

Where adventurous families can explore

Dalby Forest

On the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, it’s easy to see why Dalby is called the ‘Great Yorkshire Forest’. Why not enjoy part of your family holiday exploring the adventurous play areas, cycling and walking trails? Take to the trees at one of the most picturesque Go Ape courses in the country. It’s a tree top adventure like no other with epic zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. For a family fuelled adventure, it’s sure to fit the bill.

Puffin Spotting at Bempton Cliffs

Between mid-April and mid-July, Puffins take up residence at the spectacular Bempton Cliffs. Visitors can get up close and experience the sight, sounds and smells of this ‘miraculous seabird spectacle.’ More than 250,000 types of sea birds flock to the area every year including gannets and kittiwakes. Put on your discovery back pack, which includes a pair of binoculars, and explore the puffin trail (runs until Sunday 16 July).

The Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn

Looking for a magical family adventure? The unique warren of labyrinths, follies, passageways, secret doors and surprises at The Forbidden Corner will appeal to both children and adults. At every corner, there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. With its secret underground tunnels, paths and passageways that lead nowhere, imaginary statues and more… it’s a family day out like no other.

White Scar Cave, Ingleton

For a stroll with a difference, adventurers will enjoy the longest show cave in Britain set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Your guide will take you on a one mile, 80-minute trail through a stunning cave system with underground streams and waterfalls, thousands of stalactites, and the massive chamber named the Battlefield Cavern. Some of the Stalagmites have developed in interesting ways like ‘The Judge’s Head!’ The cave is near Ingleton Falls Waterfalls Trail so why not combine the two visits on your family holiday?

Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate

More adventure awaits at Brimham Rocks which is popular with families, walkers and climbers. The huge, striking rock formations form a natural labyrinth making it a fun place for all ages to explore, picnic or admire the magnificent views over Nidderdale. Experienced climbers use the site to practise their skills and beginners can get in touch with Harrogate Climbing Centre who provide regular sessions for all abilities.

Places for adventurous families to stay

Here at The Lawrance we have plenty of family friendly apartments right in the heart of Harrogate and York, making us the perfect base for an adventure holiday in Yorkshire. If you need advice on where to go, what to see and where to eat en route, ask our team for tips. We’re always happy to share our local knowledge.


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